TRACC – Marine Conservation in Sabah, Malaysia

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To search or navigate around this site please use the index which has links to all our activities.

Download volunteer brochure (PDF). — What our volunteers say about TRACC -—- Volunteers in action (video)  –

Shark Bottle reef by TRACC on Pom Pom Island, near Sipadan, Semporna Sabah

Recycled bottle reefs grow coral and attract fish

Click these links for more Information for short term marine conservation trips, or longer volunteer expeditions. or turtle volunteering or Marine science courses or combine Conservation with school teaching. Click this link for our Volunteers in action Click this link for Short trips to join an expedition To book now read Booking a trip & email =================================== WHY DO WE DO THIS? The 1st problem is the coral reefs of SE Asia have been blasted by bomb fishing. Unfortunately, the reefs do not recover naturally (learn why reefs don’t recover and what we do to help) The 2nd problem is the sharks and ray populations have been reduced by upto 98% – learn more. The 3rd problem is that cyanide fishing for the live fish trade has reduced fish stocks to critical levels – learn more. To help solve these problems, we have active campaigns using advocacy, awareness and practical conservation using volunteers to replant coral and help develop a marine protected area. We are leading the campaign for Shark protection Laws in Sabah and have also developed the action plan for sharks and the global shark survey. Read reviews about TRACC on tripadvisor  or Travelbuddydiving volunteers, scuba diving, sipadan, sharks, turtles, rays, coral planting, reef surveys, conservation volunteer, volunteer, volunteering, marine science, coral reef, sabah or ediving -

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Diving Volunteers

TRACC has been actively involved in marine conservation projects in Borneo for 15 years mostly using volunteer divers. We have run several scuba diving volunteer projects and believe that volunteer opportunities are of benefit to the environment and to the volunteer.  Our current volunteer project is on a pristine, white sand, turtle beach.

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Sabah is at the North end of the island of Borneo and is in the centre of South East Asia and in the coral triangle

Very close to Sipadan and Mabul, our island near Semporna, Sabah has the muck diving biodiversity that scuba divers seek without the crowds and at a fraction of the cost.  Muck diving is not all that Pom Pom offers, the visibility is great and the volunteer divers often see amazing pelagic fish, manta’s, rays and sharks. A great place to learn to dive or snorkel with PADI or simply to chillout! Make a difference with your next trip abroad – come for a few days & become a marine conservation volunteer. Shark Conservation We are actively involved with shark conservation having conducted shark surveys around Borneo for 16 years using scuba divers and diving volunteers.  We have developed action plans for sharks, raised awareness about the problem of shark fin soup and were instrumental in getting a commitment from the Sabah State Government to ban shark fishing and shark products in the state.  The Pom Pom Island diving Volunteer Project is the first of a series of totally protected shark sanctuaries we are trying to create. Environmental awareness The Green Connection Aquarium and Science Discovery centre is a conservation focused attraction designed to create environmental awareness in Sabahans and visitors. Like Save sharks in Sabah on facebook  -  See our Volunteer activity & coral planting  – Download volunteer guide Download Volunteer brochure (PDF takes several minutes)

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  1. admin says:

    we are in Borneo, Large island in the middle of SE Asia, State of Sabah, East Malaysia

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  8. Michael L. Estes says:

    To; Reader,

    My name is Michael Estes, I am 48 years old, And I Have been a Travel Photographer in South Asia for many years, I have Lived in India and Sri-Lanka, And I Love the Ocean and Oceanography. And Yes, I can swim very well.!! I Did Some Diving many years ago back in the 1980′s, I Now wish to help in Replanting Coral and Doing Reef Surveys and Reef Cheeks in the South Asian Oceans. There were a lot of Reefs Destroyed In the Indian Ocean and the China Sea in the past few years due to Storms and other Man made Problems and Stupidity. So I Wish to help Restore and Protect the Oceans And the Sea Life that Lives there. I am looking for a new Opportunity in Life.. And a Chance to do something that I like to do..

    So Please Send Me Any Information You Can.. And tell me how I can get Involved in some Hands on Projects is the Oceans of South Asia…

    Thank you so much for your Time.

    Michael L. Estes

    7317 East 59th Street
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Zip: 74145-9310

    Mobile Phone: +1 918 408 9437

    Look Forward to hearing from you Soon..

    Michael L. Estes

  9. Sophia says:

    Hi :) I am Sophia (17 years old) from KK, Sabah. can I involve in this progrem?

    • admin says:

      hi sophia
      we do accept 17yr olds. we have space until may 2014. check out the website to get a lot more info. we have a reduced price for Sabahans but we get a lot of enquiries, there is a lot of competition. Send us an email to telling us why you are awesome.
      prof Oakley

  10. admin says:

    Hi Michael
    Thanks for your message, please walk along to TRACC and talk to one of our staff to get a better idea of what we do. I am sorry that you don’t like what you see but please look past the plastic or cement at the marine life.
    The coke crates attract fish larvae. you may not realise it but our crate reef area has 500x more fish than empty areas, please dive anywhere on the east of the island to see what an empty barren rubble slope looks like.
    Algae is in fact food for parrotfish, rabbit fish, damsels and many other marine creatures. If you look there are also coral fragments growing on the crate reefs.
    The cement biscuits with straws are used to transplant soft coral. see the big area of soft coral to the south of the kampong jetty, that was planted. When the coral has grown onto the rubble, we move and reuse the biscuits. If you found a few then its because we haven’t recovered them yet. There are over 3500 biscuits around the island, many cannot be seen anymore, the coral has completely covered them.
    Plastic floating on the surface where turtles can eat it is bad, Plastic covered with coraline algae and baby corals will become part of a reef. We did not blast the reef with fish bombs to create the rubble but we are spending a lot of time and effort to repair it.
    please use one or more of your dives to help us plant corals, it makes a difference.
    prof steve oakley

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